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'It is a big relief for me': how the welfare provided by madrassas holds a key to fighting the Taliban

By Zahid Mumtaz, PHD candidate and casual sessional academic, Australian National University
Peter Whiteford, Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
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The swift reemergence of the Taliban in Afghanistan after a failed 20-year war means we need to look beyond military solutions to extremism. One area policymakers should focus on are madrassas — the religious schools that have existed in many Muslim countries for centuries.

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